November 28, 2016 9:00AM
Pittsburg State University has lost a dear friend. Helen Kriegsman, retired professor and former chair of the Math Department passed away Friday night at the age of 92.
Dr. Kriegsman joined the Pittsburg State faculty in 1947. In 1967, she became chair of the Math Department, the first woman to hold such a position at Pittsburg State University. She served the university in this role until her retirement in 1989.
President Steve Scott issued the following statement upon learning of Dr. Kriegsman's death.
"Dr. Kriegsman was an important part of our campus family for nearly 70 years. As a professor and as a chairperson, she positively transformed the lives of tens of thousands of students, including mine.
Her support for this university continued well after her retirement through the countless hours of service and leadership she provided to our foundation and alumni boards.
Dr. Kriegsman was a mentor, a friend and, above all, an educator to be celebrated. She will be greatly missed. I offer my deepest condolences on behalf of the Pittsburg State University community."
Services for Dr. Kriegsman will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 1, at the First United Methodist Church in Pittsburg.